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Men and boys can also be affected by gender-based violence whether it
be committed by another man or by a woman. Like women, men and boys can
also be victims of rape, forced marriage, or domestic violence by a
family member, partner or spouse.
Men and boys make up approximately 39% of New Zealand's sexual
violence victims, and approximately 40% of those victims were abused by
their mother or another female relative.
The latest New Zealand based statistics available are from 2013, which report that:
All forms of violence and abuse are completely unacceptable,
regardless of the gender of the individual who is experiencing the
violence, but in the wake of decades of social conditioning about toxic masculinity and male violence we need to be very clear that violence by women against men is widespread and consistently under-reported.
There are indications that only about 10% of male victims of female
violence report the incidents to the authorities, mainly due to taboos
and fears of misunderstanding created by a culture of masculine
Domestic violence against men is made far more difficult to
tackle in New Zealand because of a systemic discrimination against men
in our society. Men fear losing their relationships, their
homes, their children, and their social standing if they report the
abuse and end the relationship. Without appropriate resources as
backing, men flounder through systems that favour women and run the risk
of losing everything - eventually ending up homeless and/or mentally
exhausted and suicidal.
It's time for change. Ladies, we need to cut it out. For the sake of our partners, fathers, uncles, and sons - let's keep our hands to ourselves!